Princess Victoria + Prince Haakon
They are also very close in private
Princess Victoria and Prince Haakon are currently on a multi-day UN mission in Kenya. The two heirs to the throne are not only royally linked, but have also been close confidants since a difficult time in 2009.
Crown Princess Victoria, 45, of Sweden beams as she receives Crown Prince Haakon, 49, of Norway at the Tribe luxury hotel in Nairobi on November 22, 2022. From the warm welcome you can see immediately: the heir to the throne of Sweden and the heir to the throne of Norway are not only royal colleagues, but also close confidants. It was the start of their joint two-day visit of the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) to Kenya. A particularly difficult time 13 years ago has allowed them to grow close together to this day.
Princess Victoria: A difficult time welded her and Prince Haakon together
Haakon has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since 2003. Crown Princess Victoria also plays a role as a driving force behind the UN’s sustainability goals, the Norwegian court wrote at the end of September when announcing the joint trip. She is one of 17 ambassadors for the work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. In 2009, Victoria visited Kenya. It was a year that demanded a lot from her.
Because in addition to her time-consuming and responsible job as Crown Princess, she had to worry about her beloved husband Prince Daniel, 49. In May 2009, a few months before her visit to Kenya, she underwent a kidney transplant. The reason for the surgery was a congenital disease that affected kidney function, the royal family said at the time. It was Daniel’s father, Olle Westling, 77, who donated the organ he needed to his son.
During this challenging time, however, Princess Victoria was unable to be by her then-fiancé’s side. She had to fulfill her function as crown princess and go on an ice sea expedition with her royal colleagues Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 54. Just one day before Daniel’s multi-hour operation at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, the three flew to Greenland to draw attention to the effects of climate change in the Arctic. In these difficult hours, the two crown princes stood by her – especially Haakon.
Victoria is also an important person of trust for Mette-Marit and Ingrid Alexandra
This close bond continues to this day. Many years and a few family vacations later, Haakon is now also the godfather of Victoria’s daughter Princess Estelle, 10. The Swedish Crown Princess is in turn godmother to Haakon’s daughter Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 18 – both future heirs to the throne of their country. They give each other advice, support each other in their special role and function, in which they can understand each other like no one else.
But Haakon’s wife Princess Mette-Marit, 49, and Victoria are very close to each other. Mette-Marit only made this clear in May 2022 during her official visit to Sweden. In a double interview with the magazine “Svensk Damtidning” she made a touching declaration of love for Victoria.
Sources used: Dana Press, svenskdam.se